Haddo House is a Scottish stately home located near Tarves in Aberdeenshire, approximately 20 miles north of Aberdeen. It has been owned by the National Trust for Scotland since 1979. The Gordons, who later became the Earls of Aberdeen and Marquesses of Aberdeen, have lived on the site for over 500 years.
Haddo House Stately Home
Stately and striking, Haddo House casts a huge impression from the moment you set eyes on it. Designed in 1732 by William Adam, the house underwent an opulent remodelling in the 1880s. As a result, it has the clean elegance and swooping lines of the Georgian style with a luxurious Victorian interior.
Family portraits trace generations of Gordons, who played a huge part in Scottish history. George Gordon, 1st Earl of Aberdeen was Lord Chancellor of Scotland; the 4th Earl served as Prime Minister. More recently, Haddo was a maternity hospital during World War II – over 1,200 babies were born here.
The house is surrounded by a terrace garden with a lavish herbaceous border and geometric flower beds. A magnificent avenue of lime trees leads to Haddo Country Park.
Fascinating Haddo House
- The house is a blend of Georgian architecture and late Victorian interiors. Throughout the house, visitors can admire antique furniture, portraits, ceramics, and other memorabilia from the Gordon family. Hundreds of years of history can be found inside the walls of this home.
- Haddo House has some fantastically detailed ceilings. As you walk into the house don’t forget to look up and discover the splendid designs and hard work that have gone into them. Even more amazing when you realize that they are made from paper mache, and they have lasted the passage of time so well.
- The most interesting room at Haddo House in the Library. This is an attractively spacious room with countless books and 2 fireplaces. You can picture yourself sitting here on a winter's afternoon reading a good book or a newspaper in front of the fire.
- Look for the secret door in the bookcase (bookshelf XVI) and the intriguing painting of Lady Ishbel Countess of Aberdeen. Using some clever optical trick the shoe of Lady Ishbel always points in your direction, as you walk around the room.
- After visiting the plush rooms, head to the servant’s areas downstairs. One of the rooms contains a collection of very detailed castle paintings from James Giles. All the castles featured in Aberdeenshire were unheard of.
- Haddo House has played host to most members of the Royal Family since Queen Victoria and her husband stayed at Haddo in 1857. It is indeed fascinating to visit the room where the queen slept.
Country Park and Terrace Garden
- No visit is complete without seeing the delightful terrace gardens and sweeping estate. There are bird hides, woodland walks, a play park, a wildflower meadow, and plenty of great picnic spots. It also includes a formal garden with geometric rosebuds, a fountain, trees and an herbaceous border, and peaceful hills
- The wildlife stars of Haddo are the beautiful red squirrels that live in the park all year round, the easiest to see in winter. There is a special viewing hide and feeding station in the park, ideal for photographers and families.
- One can see Otters often swimming across the lake, especially at dusk and dawn. Badger, fox, roe deer, and weasel have been filmed in the park. Haddo is also famous for its roosting bats. In summer, Haddo’s runs a special bat evening, for visitors to watch the bats leave their roosts in the courtyard.
Education & Training at Haddo House
- Haddo has a range of education and training facilities for schools, groups, and individuals and a range of research opportunities available for students, including baseline monitoring surveys, environmental and biodiversity assessments, and visitor survey work.
- For schools, it provides a safe, fenced outdoor classroom for activities as well as an undercover space for lunch. They have a range of suitable activities for all age groups and can put you in touch with the Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service or the National Trust for Scotland education team who can deliver planned lessons and days out in the park and the house.
- Haddo House Hall caters to hundreds of children annually and provides opportunities for Theatre-in-Education group work with secondary schools and children get excited to attend such picnics.
Hire a venue
- Within easy reach of Aberdeen, Haddo House was built for entertaining, regularly playing host to royalty and dignitaries across the centuries. Today, it’s an ideal venue for weddings, corporate events, and private parties. Haddo can host events of almost any size, indoor or outdoor, and help with promotion and advertising too.
Café at Haddo
- The cafe at Haddo House is worth a special mention as it is housed in the old stables which have been attractively converted and the walls of the cafe are decorated with old porcelain bowls from the kitchens. There is a lovely tearoom, which offers basic soup and sandwiches etc,
Magnificent stately home with a lush green garden and beautiful atmosphere to soak in. It’s a wonderful blend of woodland, lakes, and, playparks. A must visit with your family.